Gift List Trends & Top Tips with The Wedding Shop

Written by Emma Hla
Images courtesy of The Wedding Shop.

With a brand new identity and enhanced service offering, The Wedding Shop is the go-to company for the style savvy shopper seeking expertise, flexibility and unlimited choice.

They believe that life’s special occasions, such as marrying your love, should be celebrated with beautiful, treasured gifts for you and your home, yet they understand that compiling a Gift List can often be seen as a daunting task. With more than 25 years in the business, they know everything there is to know when it comes to choosing the perfect presents, and the importance of creating a truly tailored list that reflects your individual lifestyle.

With their top trends and five simple tips for creating a Gift List, this feature by The Wedding Shop is a great conversation starter for you and your beau/belle! Should you have a list…? What should be on the list…? How do you even get started…?

Keep reading folks!

About The Wedding Shop

The Wedding Shop:

Our heritage, coupled with our ever-evolving product portfolio, a team of dedicated consultants and a fully flexible service, ensures we deliver a gift list experience like no other.  As the UK’s original multi-retailer gift list company, we’re passionate about bringing our customers complete flexibility and unlimited choice. Our team of in-house buyers travel internationally throughout the year to curate a unique collection of thousands of products from more than 350 leading brands including Wedgwood, Yves Delorme, Kate Spade, The White Company, Dualit, Le Creuset, Kitchen Aid and many more.

Our customers are style-savvy and we love to inspire you with new ideas for living life to the full. Our product portfolio includes an eclectic and extensive range of independent lifestyle brands and must-have luxuries.

Exclusive to The Wedding Shop, couples can also add an unlimited number of independently stocked products to their list without any additional charges. What’s more, with the growing trend for monetary gifts, charity donations and honeymoon funds, a gift list at The Wedding Shop can now include all of these.

Stunning showrooms conveniently located in Chelsea and Selfridges (Oxford Street) offer a fabulous space and service in which to enjoy a private consultation, and for those who cannot reach a showroom, the same level of service is offered over the telephone or via the website.

Finally, while our relationship with our clients typically starts with a wedding gift list, it doesn’t end there. Whether you are celebrating an anniversary, christening, milestone birthday or simply seeking inspiring ideas for friends and family, this is the beginning of a lifelong journey of expertise available to you. As an added incentive, we also offer a 10% lifetime discount on all purchases made after your wedding day.

If you’d like to know more about us you can give us a call on 020 7384 8400 or click through on one of the below!

The Wedding Shop’s Gift List trends for 2016

The Art of Hygge

The Danish word hygge (pronounced hue-gah) is a feeling or mood that comes from finding genuine pleasure in everyday, ordinary things – words such as cosiness, comfort and living well are all associated with the concept of Hygge and it’s made its way over to the UK to become a hot new trend. Think of cosy evenings snuggled up on the sofa with cushions and throws, casual supper parties with friends and bathtime surrounded by candlelight.

Pretty Pastels

With Pantone’s colours of 2016 being named as Rose Quartz and Serenity, pretty pastels are back! From ice-cream shades of KitchenAids to mix and match glassware and crockery, we love the laid-back, summer vibe that pastels bring to every home.

Bold Prints

With the Autumn/Winter fashion catwalks taking inspiration from the 1970s, interior designers are bringing bold design-led prints and geometrics to the home too. A very versatile trend, geometrics can either be vibrant in colour and style with designers such as Missoni creating collections of striking dinnerware, or pared back with metallic finishes.

Bringing The Outdoors In

Consumers are currently experimenting with how to bring nature into every aspect of their homes. Whether its hanging living art on walls, growing small trees indoors or simply adding some beautiful botanical-inspired prints to the home, plant inspired items are not only on-trend but are proven to be beneficial for our health too!

Animal Accessories

Animal themed accessories will continue to be a popular choice for 2016, with the octopus becoming a firm favourite. Taking inspiration from James Bond’s Spectre, the 8-legged creature is making its way onto dinnerware, lamps, cushions and linens and is a guaranteed conversation starter at a supper party.

Shop the Trends!

Top 5 Tips for Creating a Gift List

Below are The Wedding Shop’s top five tips to creating a wedding list with them;

Tip # 1

Variety is the name of the game – put a wide selection of gifts at different price points.  

For example:

  • Royal Copenhagen Flora sugar bowl – Flora carries the legacy of Royal Copenhagen’s beautiful Flora Danica into the future. Each piece has its own flowers, fresh from the garden – £45
  • Tom Dixon Tank decanter – TANK decanter is made from mouth-blown clear glass ornamented with hand-painted copper detailing. A heavy and generously proportioned object – £95
  • A set of 4 napkins and placemats – These beautiful embroidered napkins and placemats are enough to brighten up any kitchen or dining room table. This classic fern motif is ideal for a dinner party. Table linen is 100% cotton and machine washable – £44

Tip # 2

Add insert cards into your wedding invitations to make it easy for guests to find your list – we can provide beautiful cards for your guests!

Tip # 3

Add honeymoon vouchers to help you create a trip of a lifetime.

Tip # 4

Think outside the box and choose a couple of heirloom gifts you would never usually buy yourself.

For example:

Tip # 5

Don’t be afraid to add a few larger items, you will be amazed how generous friends and family are; from divine furniture to beautiful art work.

For example:

EXCLUSIVE COCO OFFER: Quote ‘Coco Wedding Venues’ and receive £100 towards your gift list. This offer is valid on all new gift lists registered by end of April 2016 and will activate after first guest purchase.

Lots of love…

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